We recently attended the kickoff for the FIRST Robotics Competition — a national event in which high school students design and build robots to compete in a sort of tech Olympics. It's an awesome program and we're proud to sponsor it! One thing we geeked out about, too, was that we got to talk to renowned inventor Dean Kamen — and even got a tour of his massive home.…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on January 17, 2012 at 11:59am — No Comments
We just launched a new blog feature in celebration of a Twitter trend we follow: #MotionMonday. Ya'll should check it out, download it and email me if you need the answer key! Prizes may await you :)Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on January 16, 2012 at 2:44pm — No Comments
We're excited to share this week's roundup of notable news related to manufacturing, engineering, business, college education and a few other random tidbits.
Happy New Year from all of us here at Bishop-Wisecarver!…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on January 6, 2012 at 12:44pm — No Comments
But if you're working for a smaller company, maybe the way changes are managed depends on who's involved, the…Continue
Added by Alyssa Sittig on January 2, 2012 at 11:21am — No Comments
There was a time when everyone was so impressed by intelligent part numbering schemes that choosing to adopt one was a no-brainer.
But things have changed. If you're growing quickly with a wide variety of parts, or have a globally dispersed or complicated manufacturing process, intelligent part numbering could actually be a difficult system to maintain as you grow.
If you're trying to decide if it's right for you, here are a few pros and cons of intelligent part…Continue
We added an extra five to our weekly top tweets wrap-up — consider it a holiday gift :)
We got lots of cool news, links and other tidbits to keep you entertained. It's been a good year, everyone! See you on the other side!…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on December 23, 2011 at 4:05pm — No Comments
I don't know if you've noticed this, but some really innovative products are starting to hit the market that are aimed at improving health, fitness, and sexiness. While a lot of technology - cars, microwaves, electric toothbrushes - makes us lazier, these products are designed to get people up off their butts, and out into the real world.
Here are a few of the most innovative ones I've seen. (…Continue
Added by Alyssa Sittig on December 21, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
An Australian blogger had some kind words to say about Bishop-Wisecarver's social media prowess. He talks about marketing and the manufacturing industry in his latest blog, which you can check out on our own here! Thanks, Damian!…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on December 20, 2011 at 10:15am — No Comments
A new suit researchers developed to limit strength, mobility and vision gives youngsters an idea of what it's like to be gettin' up there in years. They call it an empathy suit and it's helping people understand the needs of our aging population. Interesting! Read more about that and other cool science, humor and miscellaneous articles in our weekly Top Ten Tweets…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on December 19, 2011 at 8:33am — No Comments
My coworkers and I put together some Christmas care packages for a bunch of soldiers stationed in Afghanistan this holiday season. The guys and gals are so appreciative every time they hear from home, let alone get gifts. [ Check out our blog to read more about the troops we're supporting this year ]…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on December 16, 2011 at 9:24am — No Comments
I would imagine most engineers tend to be pretty . . .let's say fastidious . . when it comes to managing their spreadsheets and product data. So perhaps keeping a clean spreadsheet is a no-brainer.
But the BOM is a very unique spreadsheet, and one that gets shared all around the organization. There are a ton of people who input into the BOM, and a lot of things the BOM must keep track of. So it's not surprising that it can quickly become a disorganized mess. (Color-coding, lack of…Continue
You guessed it — time for our weekly top tweets wrap-up! In this recent edition, we discuss a newly discovered earth-like planet, a new breed of air vehicles, how to avoid back injuries on the shop floor and a free on-demand webinar by renowned inventor extraordinaire /robotics expert Dean Kamen.Continue
A Facebook friend of ours just tagged us in this photo to show how they used our Dualvee guide wheels to set this staple gun in motion! [ CHECK IT OUT ]…
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on December 12, 2011 at 10:14am — No Comments
So it's the decade anniversary of the official WD40 fan club, I learned via Twitter. You could win a prize if you post your top 10 favorite uses for the stuff ... [ click here to list them! ]
On that note, Bishop-Wisecarver has some nifty little WD40 pens. Want some? Let me know and I could send one your way! My email: email@example.com.…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on December 6, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments
You guys will love our latest Twitter wrap-up, which includes geeky gift ideas, cool slideshows and some stranger-than-fiction science news. Yup, we write about more than linear motion, bearings and guides and manufacturing! [ Here you go! ] …Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on December 2, 2011 at 11:41am — No Comments
Love ending the week with a new article. This one's about a high-speed conveyor that assembles and packages men's razors. [ Read the case study here ]…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on December 2, 2011 at 8:43am — No Comments
As you all my fellow engineers know, one of the most severe impacts of earthquakes is soil liquefaction. After having watched a program at NatGEO, I remembered I had this short video on a physical model that I recorded during an Engineering Fair in Tohoku, Japan, back in 2006. The small tubes in the model are manholes. Learn, enjoy while watching the experiment, and find out…Continue
Added by Freddy Soria on December 2, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments
I'm a little late in posting this, but just in case you missed it, here's a link to our weekly list of top 10 Twitter posts. Lots of cool articles this time, including an interview with an astronaut, one on how manufacturing issues are heating up the presidential campaign trail and a blog about the implications of those faster-than-light neutrinos that has the science world abuzz. …Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on November 28, 2011 at 8:50am — No Comments
A good friend of mine . . . who shall remain nameless . . . . just got out of a "come to Jesus" meeting because a major change to an important fixture in their product was missed. Not a good day to be him . . .
It's scary to admit, but missing a poorly documented change can happen to anyone (to a varying degree of severity). It all comes down to your processes, and how tightly you're managing changes to your product with ECO/ECRs.
Obviously, working at Arena has convinced me…Continue
I always enjoy reading the musings of my company's CTO, Eric Larkin. I found his most recent post about open-design hardware particularly interesting.(Not to mention, I appreciated the throw-back to the days of…Continue
Added by Alyssa Sittig on November 3, 2011 at 12:12pm — No Comments